2018 LINE-UP

The schedule for the Festival

PROGRAM 1: Adult/teen friendly

Friday, September 14 @ 7:00pm

 TitleDirectorCountryDescription
BirdlimeEvan DeRushieCanadaAn exotic bird’s comically harrowing tale from capture to freedom.
The Second Coming

(Out of competition)
Joan GratzUSAThe film is based on William Butler Yeats' poem The Second Coming which was written in the aftermath of the first World War, but is unfortunately relevant to our troubled times.
AdijaApollonia Thomaier & Chonlawat Thammawan / StudentUSAA young girl in the Bronx finds escape from an unhappy family life through her graffiti art.
I Have a Message For YouMatan RochlitzUK/ItalyA film about love, loss, redemption, trauma and war, set on a train in Germany in 1943.
Scent of GeraniumNaghmeh FarzanehUSA/IranThis film is an autobiographical account of the director's experience immigrating from Iran to the US.
WeekendsTrevor JimenezUSASet in 1980's Toronto, "Weekends" is the story of a young boy shuffling between the homes of his recently divorced parents.
Bee boxCable HardinUSAA tale of agriculture and ecoculture. As told by a bee and its box. Inspired by the research of Blue Dasher Farm.
Fruits of CloudsMartina Netíková / StudentCzech RepublicThe Story of a little Furry, who will make a great discovery by overcoming the fear of the unknown.
The BoxDusan KastelicSloveniaLife in the Box is boring and miserable until one day a new baby boy arrives to stir things up!

PROGRAM 2: Adults

Friday, September 14 @ 9:00pm

 TitleDirectorCountryDescription
Hate for SaleUrsula van den HeuvelThe NetherlandsA film inspired by the current hate, incomprehension and dehumanising emotions directed towards refugees, immigrants, gays and transsexuals, Jews, etc. It is a film which questions this hatred.
Wild WomanVannessa SweetUSAWild Woman is an animated poem to mankind which invokes current world issues such as drone-strikes and religious persecution in a plea for empathy.
Pomegranete TreeAnna Maria Mouradian / StudentCanadaA short documentary about Armenian people who are forced to disperse through the world after the harsh Genocide in 1915.
My Dead Dad's Porno TapesCharlie TyrellCanadaFilmmaker Charlie Tyrell seeks to better understand his emotionally distant late-father through the personal belongings he left behind…including a stack of VHS dirty movies.
JEOMKangmin KimS.Korea/ USAA strange and wonderful story about a special connection between father and son.
Wicked GirlAyce KartalTurkeyWhile "S" is looking back on the good old days in her grandparents' village, dark and terrifying memories emerge and, little by little, begin to make sense to her.
My Yidish PapiÉléonore GoldbergCanadaA young woman decides not to answer a phone call from her grandfather, unaware that it will be his last.
Life CyclesRoss HoggUnited KingdomUsing a rule-based, rhythmical structure, the film elevates the mundane, personal and relatable aspects of life whilst offsetting them with more serious, global issues which continually seep in to our lives, becoming commonplace.
Belief Dictates OutcomeGrace Villaroman / StudentUSAEvette Arroyo speaks about growing up as a Latina single mother and her experience in the NYPD during the 1980s to the 2000s.
The Fish CurryAbhishek VermaIndiaA young man decides to come-out to his parents by cooking and serving his father’s favorite dish, the traditional fish curry (Maacher Jhol).
Sunshine BoyNaaman AzhariUnited KingdomThis film is inspired by the real events surrounding the tragic 1999 Columbine Shooting.
Late AfternoonLouise BagnallIrelandEmily finds herself disconnected from the world around her as she drifts back through her memories to relive moments from her life.
Fired UpDan Fipphen & Elyse KellyUSAFired Up depicts the origin story of President Obama’s famed “Fired up, ready to go” chant.

KIDS PROGRAM A: Ages 8-13*

Saturday, September 15 @ 4:00pm

Kids vote for the CHILDREN’S AUDIENCE AWARD

*For this show, parents are advised to consider whether this content may upset more sensitive children.

 TitleDirectorCountryDescription
BirdlimeEvan DeRushieCanadaAn exotic bird’s comically harrowing tale from capture to freedom.
ContagionRachel Yingzong Xin / StudentChina/USAIn a black and white world, a painter comes down with a strange "colorful" illness.
A DrawingBrad CondieUSAA young boy misses the chance to say goodbye to his dying mother. Through a deep desire he wills himself to try to see her again.
PharaohDerrick Forkel & Mitchell Jao / StudentUSAIn a legacy of tradition, a newly ordained young Pharaoh must learn and decide what kind of ruler she wants to be for her people.
Scent of GeraniumNaghmeh FarzanehUSAAn autobiographical account of the director's experience with immigration as a new chapter that can take one's own life down paths never immagined.
AuuunaLina Sukova / studentSlovakiaA girl who's been living in fear of the monsters under her bed is swallowed up into a dark forest where she meets a friendly she-wolf who teachers her about the power of nature.
Engaging Conservation LeadersAndrea LoveUSAStop-motion film from the Northwest Straits Initiative focused on inspiring marine conservation in Puget Sound.
Motion PicturesMatthew Incontri / StudentUSACancer is one obtacle that seems insurmountable, but with good friends and creative spirit it is fuel to create something bigger than yourself.
LaymunCatherine Prowse & Hannah Quinn / StudentUnited KingdomThe story of a gardener in a Middle Eastern war zone, fighting the destruction around her with life-giving plants
Way of GiantsAlois Di LeoBrazilIn a forest of gigantic trees, Oquirá a six year old indigenous girl, will challenge her destiny and learn to understand the cycle of life.
When I Hear the Birds SingTrine Vallevik HåbjørgNorwayFive Ivorian children had to flee when war broke out in the Ivory Coast after the presidential election in 2010. The children talk about hopes and dreams for the future.

PROGRAM 3: Adult/teen friendly

Saturday, September 15 @ 6:30pm

 TitleDirectorCountryDescription
The Head VanishesFranck DionCanadaJacqueline isn’t quite in her right mind anymore, but she’s determined to take the train to the seaside, as she does every summer. This gentle, poetic film invites us to share the journey of an elderly woman living with degenerative dementia.
When I hear Birds SingTrine Vallevik HåbjørgNorwayFive Ivorian children had to flee when war broke out in the Ivory Coast after the presidential election in 2010. The children talk about hopes and dreams for the future.
Au revoir BalthazarRafael SommerhalderSwitzerlandA scarecrow, a storm, a broken leg. The resonant sound of a sea shell. Leaving forever.
Way of GiantsAlois Di LeoBrazilIn a forest of gigantic trees, Oquirá a six year old indigenous girl, will challenge her destiny and learn to understand the cycle of life.
BalanceBarzan Rostami / StudentIranA story about the soldiers who are sacrificing their lives and resist to help the people of the city and future generations live in peace...
Drawn & Recorded: Blind Willie in SpaceDrew ChristieUSABlues artist Blind Willie Johnson lived a tragic life and died a young man but one of his recordings will live on forever..
iRonyRadheya Jegatheva / StudentAustraliaA film that explores the relationship between man and technology...told from the perspective of a phone.
Negative SpaceMax Porter & Ru KuwahataFranceBased on a poem by Ron Koertge, Oscar-nominated “Negative Space" depicts a father-and-son relationship through the art of packing a suitcase.
NanaAli Kellner / StudentCanadaThe story of how the director's Hungarian grandmother survived as a Jewish prisoner during the Holocaust.
Gentle MentalsVeronica PadillaUSAGentle Mentals shines a playful light on mental illness to soften its stigma.
UglyNikita DiakurGermanyAn ugly cat struggles to coexist in a fragmented and broken world, eventually finding a soulmate in a mystical chief.

PROGRAM 4: Adults

Saturday, September 15 @ 8:30pm

 TitleDirectorCountryDescription
In a NutshellFabio FriedliSwitzerlandFrom a seed to war, from meat to love, from indifference to apocalypse. An attempt to capture the world in a nutshell.
TennesseeJack Wedge / StudentUSAA story about love and the future of the world.
Naked IslandMalcolm SutherlandCanadaREALITY IS A CHOICE. An unapologetic poke at the burgeoning age of virtual reality.
I Like GirlsDiane ObomsawinCanadaGay women reveal the nitty-gritty about their first loves, sharing tales of one-sided infatuation, mutual attraction, erotic moments, fumbling attempts at sexual expression and a joyful new self-awareness.
Skin for SkinCarol Beecher & Kevin KurytnikCanadaA dark allegory of greed and spiritual reckoning set during the early days of the fur trade.
Wednesday with GoddardNicolas MenardUnited KingdomA personal quest for spiritual enlightenment leads to romance and despair.
Your Black FriendAlex Krokus & Krystal DownsUSAAn open letter from your black friend to you about race, racism, friendship, and alienation.
Voicing CSA: The MouseKatie SteedUnited KingdomA film to raise awareness for Voicing CSA and The Truth Project, a charity that works to help adult survivors of child sexual abuse find their voice.
ViaIzzy BurtonUnited KingdomVia shows how we should open our eyes to the good things that happen every day, to the experiences we share with those we love, and to finding silver linings even the lowest times.
Half a LifeTamara ShogaoluNetherlandsAfter a traumatic encounter, a young, gay Egyptian joins the LGBT rights movement in the dangerous, oppressive, and unstable social climate of Egypt.
EnoughAnna Mantzaris / StudentUnited KingdomA film about suppressed desires and moments of lost self-control.
The Driver is RedRandall ChristopherUSASet in Argentina 1960, this true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunted down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run.

KIDS PROGRAM B: Ages 8-13*

Sunday, September 16 @ 2:00pm

Kids vote for the CHILDREN’S AUDIENCE AWARD

 TitleDirectorCountryDescription
Robbie's FearsEnrique Delzer / 13yr old StudentVashon / USARobbie is a 12 year old boy who learns to overcome his fears with the help of his mother.
HonestyJC LittleCanadaA charming animated story about how to listen to your conscience, even when it's difficult.
AdijaApollonia Thomaier / StudentUSAA young girl in the Bronx finds escape from an unhappy family life through her graffiti art.
Big BoomMarat NarimanovRussiaThe history of Humanity and of our planet in four minutes
Frolic and MaeDanny MaddenUSAOutcast from her cousin's party, Mae creates Frolic — Frolic creates mayhem.
Beware of the Sad ManBenny GoldmanAustraliaA sad man is faced with a happy-go-lucky guy, whose attempts at cheering him up don't seem to be making any difference.
See Dyslexia Alex AmelinesUnited KingdomBrief and uplifting introduction to dyslexia produced by the British Dyslexia Association.
Hedgehog's HomeEva CvijanovićCanadaBased on the classic story by Branko Ćopić, from the former Yugoslavia, Hedgehog’s Home is a warm and universal tale for young and old that reminds us there truly is no place like home.
Zara and The OthersNils Johan LundNorway"Zara and the Others" explores themes such as xenophobia and bullying.
PeopleLucas HespenheideUSAAn introspective look at people and the things they're made of.
Not One of Us

(Out of competition)
Bill Jarcho & Sean BurnsUSA“Not One of Us” is an ominous warning about the perils of building walls in the name of greed, hegemony, and xenophobia.
Bee BoxCable HardinUSAA tale of agriculture and ecoculture. As told by a bee and its box. Inspired by the research of Blue Dasher Farm.
Fruits of CloudsKateřina Karhánková / StudentCzech RepublicThe Story of a little Furry, who will make a great discovery by overcoming the fear of the unknown.

SPECIAL PROGRAM

Sunday, September 16 @ 4:00pm
Academy Award winning animation director Joan Gratz “live and in-person”

Joan Gratz is an American artist, animator, and filmmaker who specializes in clay painting, and is best known for her 1992 Oscar-winning film Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase.

She will present a series of her films and talk about her 50+ year career in animation. Her films range in content through painterly expressions of poetry, improvised abstraction, and animated social documentary.

Adult/teen friendly

BEST OF THE FESTIVAL

Sunday, September 16 @ 7:00pm
Awards program and screening of the winning films

Join us for the grand finale of the first Conscious Cartoons International Animation Film Festival, as we present the final accolades to the winning films:

GRANDE PRIZE
AUDIENCE AWARD
STUDENT AWARD
CHILDREN’S FILM AWARD (sponsored by Committee for Children)
CHILDREN’S AUDIENCE AWARD (picked by the kids)
MERIT AWARDS in a variety of categories

A “pay-what-you-can” show. All proceeds from this program go to The Vashon Syrian Resettlement Committee. Adult/teen friendly